I had previously checked patents on one mycoprotein related company (Aqua Cultured Foods),
Having heard a very informative talk about the mycoprotein industry from the Bioindustry Association at Foovo’s seminar, I would like to look again at some of the patent trends in mycoprotein companies.
In addition, the Fungal Protein Association (FPA) was established about two years ago for mycoproteins.
In this issue, we focus on the following companies from the above FRAs whose patent applications we were able to confirm.
*Patent Status of Mycoprotein Related Companies
U.S. company that develops and offers meat alternatives from mycoproteins.
One of the following international applications was identified and confirmed to have been transferred to China and Europe.
International application filed on May 9, 2022 for “Enhanced Aerobic Fermentation Process for Producing Edible Fungal Mycelia Blend Meat and Meat-Like Compositions.”
A U.S. company that develops a variety of products using fermented mushroom mycelium raw materials.
We were able to confirm that 31 patents in the family unit and 148 patents were applied for.
This company appears to have been consistently filing applications worldwide since around 2014, but the number of applications has tended to increase, especially in recent years.
Main applicant countries: USA, Australia, Europe, China, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador, Korea, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Japan
“Methods for the production of mycelial biomass”, “Truffle-derived sweet proteins”, “Truffle-derived sweet protein variants”, “Supplemental cocoa fermentation”, “Methods for the production of mycelial products from mycelial processing products and cocoa and other agricultural substrates”, “Methods for the production and use of mycelialized high protein food compositions”, “Methods for the production and use of mycelialized high protein food compositions”, “Methods for the production and use of mycelialized liquid tissue cultures”, “Methods for reducing gluten content using fungal cultures”, “Methods for the production of functional foods and nutraceuticals and Methods for Use,” “Methods for Production and Use of Mycelial Liquid Tissue Cultures,” “Methods for Reducing Gluten Content Using Fungal Cultures,” “Methods for Mycelialization of Agricultural Substrates to Produce Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals,” and “Methods for Mycelialization of Coffee” have been filed.
The right to “Methods for the production of mycelial products from mycelial processing products and cocoa and other agricultural substrates” has been granted in Japan.
Quorn is a brand of mycoprotein under the British company Marlow Foods.
Of the patent applications filed in the name of Marlow Foods, 40 patents in the family unit and 187 patents have been filed.
Many of these applications were thought to be related to mycoproteins.
It was also interesting to note that Marlow Foods’ historic patent filings peaked in the past year or two, as well as in the early 2000s. This suggests that existing technology is once again attracting attention in the recent food tech trend.
The main applicant country is the United Kingdom, followed by European countries, the United States, Australia, and so on.
Applications include “edible fungi,” “active compositions,” “fungal foods and methods of making fungal foods,” “foods containing filamentous fungi and agar,” “methods of reducing RNA levels in biomass containing filamentous fungi,” and “compositions containing proteinaceous substances, their preparation and use.”
A U.S. company engaged in seafood development from fungal-derived alternative proteins, etc.
In our previous survey, we reported that one patent application had been filed in the U.S. However, we have looked again and found that three patents have been filed in the family unit, for a total of seven patents filed.
Main countries of application: U.S.A., Australia, Canada
The applications are for “food products comprising co-cultures of bacteria and fungi” and “composite materials comprising polymer scaffolds and methods for their production and use.”
Now, finally, although it is different from mycoprotein, I would like to make a few introductions here because, in connection with mushrooms, I recently learned that there is a slightly different kind of coffee in the world.
*Introduction to AdaptoLatte
It is a coffee substitute from a British company that contains coffee beans as well as other ingredients such as functional mushrooms, making it easier to drink for people who get excited by regular coffee.
AdaptoLatte｜AdaptoLatte｜Mushroom Coffee｜Adaptogenic, nootropic, functional mushroom substitute coffee 100% natural high quality 14 kinds of mushroom coffee. Yamabushitake mushroom, Cordyceps sinensis, Reishi mushroom, Chaga, Agaricus, and Kibana orientalis, adaptolatte.com
It also seems to have cocoa in the other ingredients, I found this on YouTube and the person drinking it said it was good cocoa.
I was unable to pick up much information about the AdaptoLatte company, and am not sure of the details, so I am wondering if they may be using ingredients from the mycoprotein-related companies mentioned above, etc. If I get a chance to try it, I will add more about the taste and other details.